Vital Opera

Vital Opera’s mission is to cultivate human connection through the medium of operatic expression. Incorporated in 2013, the company’s programming is built on the notion that opera’s capacity for emotionally engaging musical storytelling makes it uniquely suited to exploring crucial themes of human existence and generating engagement and discussion around them.

Upcoming Projects
“Millbrook is a Frame of Mind”: Reflections in Word and Song
“Millbrook is a Frame of Mind”: Reflections in Word and Song

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 3 pm
Millbrook Library
3 Friendly Lane
Millbrook, NY 12545

Curated by Joshua Groffman and Sarah Heady

As part of Community Day, the Millbrook Library and Vital Opera present a celebration of Millbrook featuring music, poetry, and prose from the village. A survey of artistic expression from and about Millbrook past and present, this program aims to provide a poignant and entertaining exploration of the complex constellation that is Millbrook. The program will run for one hour and will be followed by a Q&A and reception.


Danielle Messina, soprano
Kelvin Chan, baritone
Joshua Groffman, piano

Vital Opera is the producing partner for Joshua Groffman and Sarah Heady’s Halcyon (formerly Unfinished). A new documentary opera centered around the story of the 1977 closure of Bennett College in Millbrook, NY, Halcyon explores the question: “what happens to us when a place that matters to us comes to ruin?”

Image Courtesy of Joshua Groffman
Past Projects

Unfinished | Creative Intensive May 2019

In May 2019, composer Josh Groffman, librettist Sarah Heady, stage director Amanda Consol, dramaturg Caitlin Kane, and Vital Opera General Director Kelvin Chan gathered for four days to continue working on Josh and Sarah’s Unfinished with a focus on refining the piece’s dramatic storytelling.

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Unfinished: An Opera | New Concert Reading

On October 7, 2018 Vital Opera presented a concert reading of Joshua Groffman and Sarah Heady’s Unfinished: An Opera, featuring newly added material, at the National Opera Center in New York City.

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Unfinished: An Opera | Inaugural Workshop

Unfinished is a new opera in development from composer Joshua Groffman and librettist Sarah Heady based on the story of now-shuttered Bennett College in Millbrook, NY, exploring how Bennett is remembered, and forgotten, today.

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Four Hands of Bridge

In April 2015 we premiered Four Hands of Bridge, an experimental evening featuring four consecutive performances of Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. This brief, yet intense opera explores themes of consumerism, marital infidelity, the loss of a loved one, and isolation in modern society.

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Artist Development Workshop on Le Nozze Di Figaro

Our artist development workshop on Le Nozze di Figaro in November of 2013 was an opportunity for a group of nine singer-actors to delve deeply into the music, text, plot, and characters of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro).

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Vital Opera is a Associate Member of Opera America and a Member of the New York Opera Alliance